I’ve always had a fascination with natural dyeing processes, and it seems to be getting more and more popular which makes me really happy. This DIY session goes perfectly with the Cross Flea Market this Thursday & Friday in Bangkok, where I’ll be selling PTJ hand-dyed bandanas and pocket squares. Because I’m just that kinda gal.
Natural Turmeric Dye
You will need:
800g fresh turmeric
fabric (natural textiles hold dye much better)
a drying rack
Chop up your turmeric and place into a big pan. This pan will be sacrificed for dying purposes for the rest of its life. Add the 1600ml water and put onto the stove to boil for 1hr.
Add 1 part salt to 16 parts water to a big stock pot and stir to mix. Submerge your cloth and boil for an hour as well.
Once your dye liquid has boiled for an hour, strain out the solids into a colander and reserve the liquid for dyeing. Drain your cloth once after an hour and squeeze out excess liquid.
To dye, wear gloves (or you’ll get yellow hands like me!), wrap a piece of fabric up with the string tying tight knots to make interesting patterns, then submerge into the dye for a good 15mins. If you’re dip dyeing, then submerge half of the cloth into the liquid for a few minutes, ring out, then peg on a drying rack to dry.
When everything is dry, wash with salt once before using. You will need to wash these with colours because it will bleed and fade like nature intended.